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Northwest ND (07/30/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Harvest has started in the Northwest, 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Winter wheat plots were harvested at the Williston REC last week and production fields are being harvested this week. Early peas were also desiccated last week and harvest is starting on them this week. Early planted spring wheat is turning color and I expect harvest will start in earnest in about 2 weeks, also 2-3 weeks ahead of normal. For later planted wheat and durum that were able to make better use of late rains, harvest is likely 3-4 weeks off, more in line with normal harvest timing. It will be interesting to see what soybean yield does this year as soybean was better able to use late rains than many small grains.

A few scattered showers moved through late last week and through the weekend dropping 0.1-0.25” in most places with a few locations getting more, about 0.5”. The forecast for the rest of the week is hot with highs in the low 90’s to mid 80’s and mostly sunny. If we get a week or two of hot, sunny weather, I expect harvest to ramp up very quickly.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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